Missouri women's basketball standout has a soft side

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 8:44 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 26, 2010

COLUMBIA— Practice just got over and Jessra Johnson is standing in the hallway outside the women’s locker room. The walls are lined with framed NBA jerseys of past Missouri stars such as Kareem Rush, Keyon Dooling and Linas Kleiza. Johnson, the Missouri women’s basketball team's leading scorer, stands with her hands in the pockets of a gray and gold Missouri warm-up suit, nonchalantly answering questions. The soft-spoken senior forward’s face is nearly expressionless.